Peckham Space presents Double Vision, an exhibition of a new work by artist Gayle Chong Kwan which invites visitors to explore the tastes, textures and smells of a fantastical, three-dimensional mythical landscape and runs between 25 May – 29 July 2012.
Chong Kwan’s sculptural installation explores themes of memory and myths in relation to food and the senses.
The visitor discovers a strange and unfamiliar world, surrounded by stimulants such as herbs, spices and textures as well as sound recordings from the locale and other countries. Taking them on a journey into this landscape and their imagination, Double Vision evokes myths, folk tales and fairy stories from around the world which articulate our complex relationship to food and the senses.
Chong Kwan has gathered oral histories of people’s travels to the area, people’s memories of fairy stories and folk tales of their childhood connected with food and the senses, as well as recipes and significant dishes, all of which will shape the physical environment in which visitors to the Space will be subject to new sensory experiences. A striking cross-section revealing the heart of this mythical world is displayed to passers-by, designed to intrigue and invite participation.
Well known for her photographs of miniature environments created from disturbing arrangements of discarded everyday materials and remains, Double Vision represents a new departure for Chong Kwan’s practice: the exhibition marks the first time that the artist has produced three-dimensional, sculptural work which can be directly explored by the visitor.
In preparation for the exhibition, Chong Kwan worked with students from Harris Academy @ Peckham. The students considered the recipes and ingredients that they felt best evoked their locality and, using photographs of these elements, they produced collages which act as publicity for the exhibition locally. The young people also contributed sound recordings of recipes, dishes and personally significant journeys, which feature in the installation.
Gayle Chong Kwan said: “I am interested in the ways in which the non-visual senses are often neglected in the recounting of history, so I am excited about this opportunity to bring these personal stories of past experiences to life as a tangible, three-dimensional landscape.
It also offer members of the public the chance to explore the way in which each of the senses allows for different versions, or layers, of these experiences to exist simultaneously.”
Double Vision also featured in Art Monthly August 2012